Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chef Kaden's Buttermilk Biscuits and Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's Spring Break!    What a fun we had baking and jumping high at the Jump Sky High, climbing at the Granite Rock... Soooo hungry, Chef Kaden got up early in the morning and baked some Buttermilk Biscuits.  Then, he made sure that we all have Chocolate Chip Cookies and 5-Grain Cereal Raisin Cookies to take along to other field trips we had.

 Ready to bake!

 All Done!  Time to eat!
 Wait a minute!  I only had two biscuits - where did all other 10 go!
Time to make our snacks.

 They are really great! NaiNai!
Serves 4
Preheat oven to 425'F to 450'F
1 -1/2 C AP Flour, Shifted
1 Tbsp non-aluminum baking powder
1/8 tsp or pinch of baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp Butter or shortening cut into small squares - e.g. 9 squares per tablespoon
6 Tbsp or more cold Buttermilk  or with water
Shift shifted flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda 3 times.
Mix butter in.  Coat the butter with flour.  Mash butter squares between fingers to flat flakes.  Flatten butter pieces between fingers to form flat flakes. Leave them as is.

Add cold buttermilk and allow it to be absorbed.  Fold dry flour over, add more buttermilk, repeat folding dry flour over, then more buttermilk. The dough is shaggy and should not be dry.  Nice and moist.  Gently flatten the dough into disc or roll out gently without pressing down too much and cut out with biscuit cutter.   Transfer to a small baking tray.
Tips:  Place them close to each other for soft crumb.  Place on top of the aluminum foil and fold up the sides of the foil to the biscuits for soft side crumb.
Bake till golden brown on the top.
Serve with Milk Gravy or it can also be used for Strawberries with Chantilly on biscuits.

Depending on the size of your desired cookies - makes 2 dozen 2" cookies
Preheat oven to 375'F
2/3 C shortening and butter mixed - 1/2 C butter, and rest with shortening
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1 large egg
1-1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/3 C Flour
1/3 C Bob's Red-Mill 5 Grain Cereals
1/3 C Raisins - chopped
1 C Chocolate Chips
 Shift flour, baking soda, salt together.  Mix butter mixture sugars, egg and vanilla and blend well by hand or mixer with paddle attachment at medium speed.  Add flour mixture and mix at low speed or by hand using a spatula.  Add grain cereals and mix.  at this point, you can divide it into two separate groups to make Chocolate chip cookies or with raisins.  Add chopped raisins.
Use a 1" cookie dough scoop and place on top of baking sheet with Silpat.
Bake for 8 minutes.  Remove.  Let cool for 1 minute.  Transfer to cooking rack.

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